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 Hurtigruten: A Floating Art Gallery

Hurtigruten: A Floating Art Gallery



Hurtigruten: A Floating Art Gallery

Tromsø, June 2012 - From the breathtaking Norwegian fjords to the impressive icebergs of Greenland and spectacular snow-covered polar region, a voyage with Hurtigruten is well known for its incredible scenery. Offering the chance to visit some of the most remote and beautiful parts of the world, guests marvel in the ever-changing landscape passing by. However, few realise that on board, there is also much to see. A wealth of artwork adorns each ship – the works of renowned Norwegian artists.

Whether aquarelles, canvas paintings, lithography’s, sculptures, or woven art, the artwork has one thing in common: Each piece is an interpretation of how the artist views the Norwegian coastline and its way of life.

The large formatted painting of Kjell Nupen can be appreciated on the MS Finnmarken with its stunning blue wonderful maritime mood, and the expressionistic paintings of Kaare Espolin Johnson on the MS Trollfjord tell tales of the Lofoten fishing industry and the hardships endured by the Norwegians living in the High North. 

On MS Fram, the newest member of the fleet, the idea of bringing the culture of the regions visited on board was taken into consideration when choosing the artworks for display. The explorer ship, which travels for the most part in polar waters, is predominantly decorated with works of different contemporary artists from Greenland. The themes of the paintings are based, among others, on the history of the polar region and the history of the old Fram.

Hurtigruten is proud to bring its guests closer to the culture of the regions travelled through its on board artwork, while at the same time happy to promote local artists. Those living along Norway’s coast also reap the benefits, as they are welcomed onto the ships as they stop at small ports during their voyage, enabling guests to view the art on board. For many, this makes a welcome change and affords the opportunity to visit a ‘floating’ art exhibition – something they would not normally be able to do because of the great distances involved in travelling.

Hurtigruten is a world leader in expedition cruising, sailing to the most remote of destinations – including Antarctica, Greenland and the Arctic’s Spitsbergen – as well as year round along Norway's coast and Europe in the spring.  The company’s fleet of 13 intimate ships, which each carry 646 to 1000 guests, allows travelers to enjoy unique destinations in a relaxed atmosphere. 

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